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Illinois – Chicago Police: 2 Officers Die After Being Struck By Train

December 17, 2018 at 11:07 PM
Illinois - Chicago police say two officers investigating a shots-fired call on the city's far South Side have died after being struck by a train. Police spokeswoman Michelle Tannehill confirmed the deaths Monday night but said she had no additional details to release. She did not identify the officers. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi posted on Twitter that the "devastating tragedy"...

New York – J&J Moves To Limit Impact Of Reuters Report On Asbestos In Baby Powder

December 17, 2018 at 11:00 PM
New York - Johnson & Johnson on Monday scrambled to contain fallout from a Reuters report that the healthcare conglomerate knew for decades that cancer-causing asbestos lurked in its Baby Powder, taking out full-page newspaper ads defending its product and practices, and readying its chief executive for his first television interview since investors erased tens of billions of dollars from the...

Hotan, China – US Sportswear Traced To Factory In China’s Internment Camps

December 17, 2018 at 10:30 PM
Hotan, China - Barbed wire and hundreds of cameras ring a massive compound of more than 30 dormitories, schools, warehouses and workshops in China's far west. Dozens of armed officers and a growling Doberman stand guard outside. Behind locked gates, men and women are sewing sportswear that can end up on U.S. college campuses and sports teams. This is one of a growing number of internment...

Cape Canaveral, FL – Farout: Scientists Spot Solar System’s Farthest Known Object

December 17, 2018 at 10:00 PM
Cape Canaveral, FL - Astronomers have spotted the farthest known object in our solar system — and they've nicknamed the pink cosmic body "Farout." The International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center announced the discovery Monday. "Farout" is about 120 astronomical units away — that's 120 times the distance between Earth and the sun, or 11 billion miles. The previous...

Houston – Deported Immigrants Get Their Last Flight On ‘ICE Air’

December 17, 2018 at 09:30 PM
Houston - Shackled at their ankles and wrists and their shoelaces removed, a long line of men and women waited on the tarmac as a team of officers patted them down and checked inside their mouths for anything hidden. Then one by one, they climbed a mobile staircase and onto a charter plane the size of a commercial aircraft. This was a deportation flight run by ICE Air. The chains would be...

New York – Ex-Major Leaguer Lenny Dykstra Has Gone From Baseball To Prison To Torah Study

December 17, 2018 at 09:00 PM
New York - Former Major League Baseball center fielder Lenny Dykstra ran car washes, wrote a book, went to drug rehab and spent time in prison. Now he is studying Torah. Dykstra, 55, a three-time All-Star who played for the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies and retired from the game in 1996, attends Torah study every Wednesday afternoon in the basement of Ambassador Wines shop on New...

New York – Statue Of Liberty Climber Convicted In July 4 Protest

December 17, 2018 at 08:30 PM
New York - A woman who climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty on July 4 to protest the separation of families at the Mexican border was convicted Monday of misdemeanor charges by a judge who said a person's viewpoint can't be a factor in whether laws are enforced. The verdict by U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein came two hours after Therese Okoumou got choked up as she testified...

Washington – After Judge’s Ruling Against ‘Obamacare,’ What Happens Now?

December 17, 2018 at 08:03 PM
Washington - A federal judge's ruling would, if upheld, wipe away the entire Affordable Care Act, the health care overhaul championed by President Barack Obama and twice sustained by the Supreme Court. Judge Reed O'Connor's opinion was issued late Friday, and supporters of the law vowed to appeal and take other steps to preserve health benefits in the law sometimes called "Obamacare." Some...

Washington – Criminal Justice Bill Passes Early Test Vote

December 17, 2018 at 07:14 PM
Washington -Legislation that would ease federal sentencing laws for some offenders cleared its first major test vote Monday, garnering overwhelming support in both parties even as some conservatives portrayed the bill as soft on crime. The Senate voted 82-12 to advance the bill. A vote on final passage would come later in the week, but not until the chamber has debated and voted on a series of...

Jersey City, NJ – Gimme An ‘A’: Tunnel Authority To Move Decoration After Poll

December 17, 2018 at 07:00 PM
Jersey City, NJ - The great Holland Tunnel wreath controversy has been resolved. After complaints about the placement of two holiday wreaths and a tree decoration over the New York-bound tunnel, more than 21,000 people voted in a poll commissioned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the tunnel's operator. Poll numbers were released Monday. The consensus? Move the tree from...

New York – U.S. Banks Quietly Pull Back From Riskiest Loans Amid Recession Fears

December 17, 2018 at 06:30 PM
New York - As U.S. bank stocks tanked this month over fears of an impending recession, industry executives downplayed concerns to colleagues, analysts and journalists, arguing that the economy is in great shape. But looking behind headline numbers showing healthy loan books, problems appear to be cropping up in areas such as home-equity lines of credit, commercial real estate and credit cards...

Washington – Comey Says House Republicans Are ‘Shameful’ After Interview

December 17, 2018 at 06:00 PM
Washington - Former FBI Director James Comey had harsh words for House Republicans on Monday, saying their silence in response to President Donald Trump's attacks on the Justice Department is "shameful." Comey said Republicans "have to have the courage to stand up and speak the truth, not be cowed by mean tweets or fear of their base." He was on Capitol Hill for a second closed-door...

New York – Dow Jones Industrials Take Second Straight 2-percent Plunge

December 17, 2018 at 05:26 PM
New York - Another day of big losses knocked U.S. stocks to their lowest levels in more than a year Monday. Investors dumped high-growth technology and retail companies as well as steadier, high-dividend companies. Oil fell below $50 a barrel for the first time since October 2017. Hospitals and health insurers slumped after a federal judge in Texas ruled that the 2010 Affordable Care Act is...

New York – Survey: E-cigarette Usage Nearly Doubles In U.S. High-schools

December 17, 2018 at 05:03 PM
New York - The percentage of high school seniors who used e-cigarettes in the last 30 days nearly doubled to 20.9 percent from last year, results of a survey released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse showed on Monday. The increase in vaping by 10th and 12th graders was the largest year-over-year jump for any substance ever measured by the survey, which started 44 years ago. The...

Jerusalem – Rona Ramon, Widow Of Israeli Space Shuttle Victim, Dies

December 17, 2018 at 04:25 PM
Jerusalem - Rona Ramon, whose husband was killed in the 2003 Columbia space shuttle disaster and who later lost a son in a military plane crash, has died. Ramon, who was 54, died Monday of pancreatic cancer, according to Israeli media reports. Her husband, Ilan Ramon, was Israel's first and only astronaut. Six years after the Columbia crash, their son, Asaf, who had followed in his father's...

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